Gorgeous '55 L-7C just into the shop on consignment!
One of only 41 blonde L-7C's Gibson produced in 1955, this rare archtop has had quite an interesting life. The story has it that Hank Rodgers, a noted Canadian guitarist who toured with the likes of George Jones, Lefty Frizzell, and a host of other legendary county artists, owned this guitar originally. As if that doesn't up the vibe factor enough, this natural finish beauty features quite a few unique features like a Brazilian rosewood fretboard and L-5 style block inlays.
Fitted with the less common dual pickup "McCarty" pickup assembly (two P90 style pickups suspended in a floating pick guard assembly), this is a gorgeous sounding guitar both plugged in and acoustically. At 5lb 12oz, it's incredibly light and well-balanced and that lack of weight contributes to a snappy, dry and papery midrange. Love it. The setup is perfect - this is a really easy playing archtop.
Condition: Very good - this is a very well cared for guitar with only minor lacquer dings and surface scratches scattered about (to be expected on a guitar of this age). There are two small cleats installed at the bottom of the treble side F-hole, likely decades ago. The are some signs of overspray which would have occurred at the time of the cleat install. The guitar used to be fitted with a Bigsby (no holes in the soundboard were made) and has a vintage correct triple parallelogram trapeze tailpiece. Vintage correct Kluson Deluxe tuners are installed and nicely worn in. The guitar was refretted, likely in the 60s with the narrow style frets Gibson used in this era.
We think you'd be hard pressed to find a cooler L-7C - an amazing guitar all around! Priced with original hardshell case and original Gibson case cover.
On consignment, no trades please.